Data & Effectiveness

National studies have confirmed what the Pathway consortium has demonstrated -- that with effective support and guidance, students from traditionally underserved and high-risk populations do excel in college. In five short years, Pathway to the Baccalaureate is showing its promise as a replicable, shared-cost model supporting college access, success, excellence and completion.

Studies confirm that Pathway students exceed both college and national benchmarks in:

  • Transition from high school to college
  • Retention
  • Academic success
  • Community college graduation

The Pathway consortium, initially formed in 2004 by Fairfax and Loudoun County Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University, has since expanded to include eight regional K-12 school systems and 48 partner high schools.

The consortium has built strong relationships with community organizations and local and national foundations serving underserved populations, including the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, The Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA), and the Wachovia Foundation. Businesses and corporations, whose forward-thinking leaders understand the critical need to support the educational success of at-risk students, have through their support begun to invest in the development of their own future, highly-skilled workforce.


Today, Pathway accepts more than 2,500 new high school seniors in Northern Virginia each year. Our students currently attend all six campuses of NOVA and the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University. Pathway students are also successfully transferring to other universities, including the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University and Howard University to name a few.

The program has received national recognition and awards for its innovative work and is being used as a model in other jurisdictions across the country.